Identification Process

Goshen Community Schools identification process begins in Kindergarten and continues through 5th Grade.  There are different assessments done throughout the year per grade.  Below is a monthly timeline showing what assessments are given per grade.

High Ability Identification Timeline

Goshen Community Schools identifies High Ability learners through the use of multiple layers of data sources.

  • Mid-November:  Students scoring in the 80th percentile or better on the Fall NWEA are given the opportunity to participate in the CogAT screener in grades 1, 3, 5 and 7.
  • Mid-November: All parent and school requests for testing are due. Paperwork must be submitted to the school counselor prior to consideration for testing.  The form can be found here.
  • Mid-December: Part two of the CogAT test is administered to those who have scored at or above the 80th percentile on the CogAT screener.
  • Early February: Administration of CogAT testing for school and parent requests.
  • Early February: Kindergarten students (selected based on January NWEA) are offered the opportunity to take screener.
  • February: Results from all testing will be evaluated by a multi-faceted corporation level identification team.  (Teachers, Administrators, EL Director)
  • April: Parents will be notified of the identification results.
  • April: Appeals process initiated with completion by May.

Appeals Process


Identification Process 2016